2011 Sydney Cup Nominations Released

Nominations for the 2011 Sydney Cup, one of the premier staying tests held during the annual Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, have been released with 87 horses making up the early entries.

The $500,000 Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m), sponsored by Schweppes, is scheduled to run at the Royal Randwick Racecourse on Saturday April 23, 2011.

Sydney Cup Day is one of the richest meetings held in New South Wales each year with punters and racing fans treated to three other elite level features all providing top-class betting action at our preferred online bookmaker Luxbet.

The other Group 1 races accompanying the Sydney Cup at Randwick on April 23 are the weight-for-age $500,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m), the $400,000 Champagne Stakes (1600m) for two-year-olds and the $400,000 All Aged Stakes (1400m).

Early nominations for the 2011 Sydney Cup are up 28 on last year.

Recent stakes winners from this season entered for this year’s Sydney Cup include the Mark Kavanagh-trained King Diamond who won the $150,000 Listed Roy Higgins Quality (2600m) at Flemington on March 5 and Robert Hickmott’s Zabeel four-year-old Vesper who took out the Listed Victoria Gold Cup (2000m) at Caulfield on Blue Diamond Stakes Day before running second to King Diamond in the Roy Higgins.

Other Top 2011 Sydney Cup Nominations Include:

  • Descarado (Gai Waterhouse) – Last year’s Caulfield Cup winner ran a first-up sixth behind Danleigh in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm on March 5
  • Once Were Wild (Gai Waterhouse) – Johannesburg mare ran fourth in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) first-up this season before a disappointing 11th in the Chipping Norton beaten five lengths
  • Shocking (Mark Kavanagh) – Previous Melbourne Cup winner set to start in the 2011 Australian Cup at Flemington this Saturday March 12
  • Linton (Robert Hickmott) – Lloyd Williams-owned Galileo four-year-old has great staying potential having won the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) during the spring
  • Cedarberg (Pat Carey) – Flemington galloper in good form, second in the Herbert Power last season
  • Hawk Island (Chris Waller) – Six-year-old gelding ran fifth in the Group 1 Metropolitan during the spring, recently won the Listed Parramatta Cup (2000m) at Rosehill on February 19
  • Laristan (David Hayes) – French import earned a shot at the Sydney Cup with a 2000m win at Flemington on March 5
  • Fast Future (Russel Cameron) – Eight-year-old galloper won the Group 3 Launceston Cup (2400m) last start on February 23

The 2011 Sydney Cup final field of acceptances will be released on Wednesday April 20 and published here at Races.com.au.

Futures betting on the event is due to open at leading online bookmaker Luxbet shortly so make sure you’re ready to lock in the generous early Sydney Cup odds by opening your Luxbet account today!

2011 Sydney Cup Nominations

# Horse Trainer
1 ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE) Lee Freedman
2 ABSOLUTELYAWESOME (NZ) Michael Moroney
3 AJHAR (USA) Lee Freedman
4 ALEXANDER OF HALES (USA) Chris Waller
5 ANUDJAWUN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer
6 BEIJING BOY (NZ) Chris Waller
7 BERLIOZ (NZ) David Hayes
8 BID SPOTTER Graeme Rogerson
9 C’EST LA GUERRE (NZ) Robert Hickmott
10 CASSINI Mark Oulaghan
11 CEDARBERG Pat Carey
12 COUNT ENCOSTA John P Thompson
13 CYBER CRIME Guy Walter
14 DAVCON Heath Conners
15 DESCARADO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
16 DOOSRA DIAMOND Bob Challis
17 DOSTANA (NZ) Bob Thomsen
18 ESKIMO DAN (NZ) Bevan Laming
19 FAST FUTURE (NZ) Russell Cameron
20 FAZZA (NZ) Jeff Lynds
21 GALIZANI John P Thompson
22 GALLANT LADY Lee Freedman
23 GUDERIAN Paul Perry
24 HALFWAYTOLONDON Ken Callaughan
25 HARMONY (NZ) Peter G Moody
26 HAWK ISLAND (IRE) Chris Waller
27 HE’S UNDER THE GUN (NZ) Michael Moroney
28 I’M JAKE (NZ) David Brideoake
29 ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE (GB) David Payne
30 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan
31 KING DIAMOND Mark Kavanagh
32 KING LIONHEART Gai Waterhouse
33 LARISTAN (FR) David Hayes
34 LARRY’S NEVER LATE (NZ) Jim Conlan
35 LINTON Robert Hickmott
36 LOOSE CHANGE (NZ) David Haworth
37 LORNE DANCER Gai Waterhouse
38 MACEDONIAN (NZ) Peter G Moody
39 MARKAB Bart Cummings
40 MARTIAL LAW (IRE) Robert Hickmott
41 MISS DARCEY Anthony Cummings
42 MISS KEEPSAKE (NZ) Joseph Pride
43 MONTAHLIA (NZ) Michael Kent
44 MOUNT EVEREST Lee Freedman
45 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott
46 MR CHARLIE (NZ) Peter G Moody
47 MR CONSOLIDATOR Leon Corstens
48 MR PONZI (NZ) Joseph Pride
49 MR TIPSY (NZ) Murray & Bjorn Baker
50 MUIR (GB) Robert Hickmott
51 MUKARRAR David Hayes
52 NAZABEEL (NZ) Shaun Dwyer
53 OLDER THAN TIME Gai Waterhouse
54 ONCE WERE WILD Gai Waterhouse
55 OUR CANNAVARO (NZ) Chris Waller
56 OUR SERENA Pat Carey
57 PERGOLA (NZ) Colin & Cindy Alderson
58 PLATINUM PASSION Michael Moroney
59 POPNAE Guy Walter
60 POWER TO SURPRISE (NZ) Joseph Pride
61 ROI D’JEU (NZ) Shaune Ritchie
62 RUBINACCI Tony Vasil
63 SADDLER’S STORY Robert Smerdon
64 SAINT ENCOSTA John P Thompson
65 SANDBERG Guy Walter
66 SCOTTISH BORDER Garry Frazer
67 SCOUTING WIDE (NZ) Tim Martin
68 SHADOW MINISTER Garry White
69 SHAMOLINE WARRIOR Mark Kavanagh
70 SHOCKING Mark Kavanagh
71 SHOW DANCER (NZ) Bart Cummings
72 SHOWCAUSE Frank Ritchie
73 SOLID BILLING Craig Ritchie
74 SPACE STATION Bede Murray
75 SPEED GIFTED (GB) Lee Freedman
76 STAND TO GAIN (IRE) Chris Waller
77 STRIKE ONE (GB) Chris Waller
78 THE PARTY STAND (NZ) Roger James
79 THE PATRIOT Luke Price
80 TINSELTOWN (NZ) Michael Moroney
81 TRIUMPHANT CHOICE Peter G Moody
82 VESPER Robert Hickmott
83 VIVID VIXEN (NZ) Mick Price
84 WELL HANDLED David Payne
85 ZARA DANCER (NZ) Bruce Wallace
86 ZAUBERIN Russell Cameron
87 ZAVITE (NZ) Anthony Cummings